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9 States Where Residents Will Need a Passport to Travel Through Any TSA Check Point in 2018

By | December 23, 2016| Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

Starting January 22, 2018, driver’s licenses issued by the a hand full of states will no longer be acceptable at any TSA checkpoints. So if you’re a resident of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, or Washington you’ll need to make sure that you have a valid passport or another form of valid ID if you’re flying anywhere domestically!

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The Best Credit Card for Pet Owners

By | December 22, 2016| Cash Back Credit Card, Featured Article, Headline Article, Reward Credit Card, Savvy Approved Products Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

What a better time to add a new member to your family than the holiday season. Whether you are 4 or 74, animal lovers everywhere are welcoming new furry friends into our homes and into our hearts with wagging tails and purrs galore. That said, many say that money can’t buy you love, but Petfinder.com proves otherwise.

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5 Credit Card Mistakes to Avoid at Any Cost

By | November 17, 2016| Reward Credit Card, Savvy Approved Products Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

Whether you’re maximizing a sign-up bonus to land a free vacation, or getting cash back that you can use to buy something else, your choice of credit card can get you a bevy of freebies if you choose the right one. But that’s only if you steer clear of some of the most common mistakes that people make when using cards.

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Surprising Facts from Staying Sharp for a Stress-Free Vacation

By | November 14, 2016| Reward Credit Card, Savvy Approved Products Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

Vacations should be taken to reduce stress and help you find happiness that will ultimately make you more productive, right? However, according to AARP’s Staying Sharp program, researchers are discovering that all not all vacations are created equally when it comes to overall well-being. Staying Sharp helps you maximize your days off by making choices that minimize your stress.

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Good News for Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Starwood Credit Card Holders

By | October 19, 2016| Credit Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

Marriott just announced that they will now allow members who use a co-branded credit card carrying either the Ritz-Carlton, Starwood or Marriott logo, to earn bonus points when booking on the other carrier’s hotels. We believe that it’s an effort by the now largest hotel chain to stem attrition among their most loyal of customers…

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Hotel Review: The Westin Excelsior, Florence, Italy. A Great SPG Point Value.

By | October 19, 2016| Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

Just a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have a wonderful five-day getaway to Tuscany, including three nights in beautiful Florence. I knew that the potential use of Starwood Preferred Guest Points would be ideal, and looked into category 6 Starwood hotels The Westin Excelsior and The St. Regis.

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How to Keep your Sapphire Preferred Ultimate Rewards Points Without Paying the Annual Fee

By | October 12, 2016| Airline Cards, Cash Back Credit Card, Credit Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

A decision I have started thinking about is whether I’ll keep the Sapphire Preferred card open when the first year is up in June 2017, when I’ll have to pay an annual fee of $95 to keep the card. Point Savvy wisely suggested I look into opening another Chase card so I can keep my reward points and avoid paying an annual fee. Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Unlimited are two card that offer cash back rewards with no annual fee.

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3 Ways Credit Cards Can Offer You Rewards for Your Loyalty and Not Your Debt.

By | October 10, 2016| Featured Article, Reward Credit Card, Savvy Approved Products Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

Credit card companies are out to make money, there’s no doubt about that. While interest rates and late fees are great revenue sources for credit card companies, they are not the only way credit cards make money. Credit card companies also earn revenue from merchants and annual fees.

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American Express Fights Back with 5X Membership Rewards Points on Flights. Finally.

By | October 6, 2016| Airline Cards, Credit Cards, Reward Credit Card, Savvy Approved Product, Savvy Approved Products Article | No Comments

The news arrived just this week when American Express announced a rather lucrative enhancement to its Platinum Card, the long-standing patriarch in this space. According to American Express spokeswoman Charlotte Fuller, Platinum Card users starting Thursday will earn 5X points for every dollar spent directly with any airline.

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Which is Worth the $450 Fee: Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, or American Express Platinum?

By | September 27, 2016| Reward Credit Card, Savvy Approved Product, Savvy Approved Products Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

With the major fanfare of Chase’s Sapphire Reserve and its 100,000-point sign-up bonus, we think it’s the perfect time to find out which premium travel card is really worth paying the high annual fee and adding the most value to your wallet.

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Linking My Starwood Account to Marriott Took 3 Seconds

By | September 23, 2016| Credit Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

The Starwood Preferred Guest program and Marriott merger is now closed and Marriott launched the option to link accounts and transfer points between SPG and Marriott Rewards. I decided to take the plunge and link my SPG and Marriott accounts together.

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What the Marriott-Starwood merger means for Starpoints – 2 FREE nights in a category 1-5

By | September 22, 2016| Credit Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

The Marriott-Starwood merger closing Friday could make SPG as you know it a ticking time bomb. The merge is making us wonder, “What will happen to our beloved Starpoints?”

Late news today is The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express is changing from a 25,000 sign-up bonus to a 2 FREE nights offer in a category 1-5 hotel…

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2 Sweepstakes: Southwest Airlines #WannaGetAway Win a Trip to a Private Island

By | September 22, 2016| Airline Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

We love a good promotion and Southwest is having a fun one right now that involves its social media pages. You just have to register by October 24, 2016 and then follow @Southwestair on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and share a funny story on one of the pages with the hashtags #WannaGetAway and #contest.

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Even in a Southwest Hub – the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard gives you more travel for your money than The Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card!

By | September 19, 2016| Airline Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Products Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

Living near a Southwest hub BWI airport in Baltimore, we could rack up 2x miles on their affordable flights with the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card. But what we found out may surprise you. You could earn more reward miles for all airlines and hotels, with the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard. Here’s why.

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve Card: Why Bloggers Are Changing The Credit Card Market

By | September 18, 2016| Airline Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

The Chase Sapphire Reserve is the hottest luxury rewards credit card out there right now. Its leaked release mid-August has generated so much buzz and demand that issuing bank JPMorgan Chase ran out of the engraved metal cards in 10 days, sending temporary plastic cards to clamoring masses.

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The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard Is Back With A Big Bonus

By | September 17, 2016| Airline Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Products Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

Historically, we at Point Savvy were big fans of the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard. The rewards were pretty rich until the bank reduced the value of each point. This in turn made it more difficult to redeem your points and turned us Point Savviers off a little. But just announced is a new sign up bonus offer that has caught our attention, and we think that it’s valuable enough to share with you.

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When SPG Platinum Status Falls Short…By One Stay

By | September 15, 2016| Credit Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

At the beginning of 2016, one of our savviest of peeps opened her email from Starwood Preferred Guest to find that she had been awarded Gold Status for this calendar year. Most people would be ecstatic. But for a person who is on a first name basis with front desk managers at Starwood hotels up and down the eastern seaboard, and counts SPG points in her sleep – Gold Status was not an option. Our girl carefully crafted every vacation and business trip to make every single one of her 25 stays and 50 nights count in 2015. But they only counted 24 stays and 47 nights.

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